Senomyx and the San Diego Science Alliance Team Up to Host a BE WiSE Workshop

April 26, 2012 Senomyx Education

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Senomyx hosts BE WiSE student members for a Saturday workshop

The Senomyx Communications department recently hosted a workshop for a group of young ladies from the Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) program.  The BE WiSE program is committed to engaging young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences.  Now in its 13th year, what began as a single event in 1999 has grown and fostered an interest in STEM topics for more than 1,000 young women.   BE WiSE is a flagship program of the San Diego Science Alliance, which is dedicated to improving K-12 science education in San Diego County by sponsoring a variety of activities for students and teachers.

Each year BE WiSE offers Saturday workshops on topics ranging from forensics to lasers, and medical devices to computer programming.  The Senomyx/BE WiSE workshop, organized by BE WiSE Program Director Patricia Winter, was titled, “The Business of Writing & Writing for Business.”  During the day, the girls had the opportunity to hear from renowned Science Writer Lynne Friedmann, as well as representatives from Senomyx and the San Diego Science Alliance.  After the presentation, the students broke into writing teams to showcase what they had learned and to practice their skills.  They were all given the same facts and asked to write different types of documents including a science article for a newspaper, a company press release, a blog, and an article for a trade publication.  The girls did a wonderful job and the workshop was very well-received, as you can see from some comments below.

“I am very science oriented and as I am part of my school science magazine, I was interested in seeing how real science writers write.”

“No improvement needed. It was my favorite event so far.  I love the focus on science careers.  Excellent!”

~BE WiSE Student Members

It was as a great experience for Senomyx representatives as well.  We were left with the feeling that we learned as much from the young women as they learned from us.  It was a very successful and rewarding event!

BE WiSE, computer programming, education, engineering, Lynne Friedmann,

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